My point is, the fact that a genius says something doesn't make it true
, and it doesn't necessarily make knowing better genius. Especially if they didn't quite say what other people claimed they said.
Oh, now that the inferno's over, it would be really easy to create a new side. All Parson would have to do is croak/disband them all, or even better, just plain wait until next turn when he can order them out. Doing something genius to make it happen this turn without destroying those units is redundant and not worth the drama.
Why Spacerock? Couldn't she reach Unaroyal in a short time? And why would Parson want to give her more
power? After her creepy enthusiasm for decrypting one of Parson's friends? Considering everything she's done lately, she could really use a helping of humble pie. In spite of Jillian's actions, it would seem that she still hasn't had nearly
By which you mean that Parson and Charlie are fools who don't realise how easy founding a new Side would be. Because you know better.
They've already been Decrypted, if they were killed again, that's it, they'd be dead and gone for real. As for next Turn, the problem there is that Charlie will have a Turn first, a Turn in which Stanley will be in a City with no Caster's to operate the air defences. Just the sort of weakness Charlie is well suited to exploit. Also, a new Side may gain a Turn on the day they're created regardless of where they'd normally be in the Turn order, quite an advantage to exploit if so.
Spacerock because the point is to spare Stanley the risk of flying to his new Capital. Leaving aside the face that Spacerock is the Capital, Unaroyal is much closer to Gobwin Knob's traditional territory, Spacerock is far outside it and thus a better place to create a new Side. Wanda would lose power within Gobwin Knob
as a result of starting a new Side if her power is a concern. She's a Croakamancer standing in front of a pile of treasure/bodies (behaving naturally in other words) and
she's going to bring Parson's friend back from the dead at his request. And all she's done lately is carry out one of Parson's plans, jump through a Portal to reinforce him when the plan went south thanks to Jack making changes to said plan and stand behind a wall of Caster's in the Magick Kingdom. The battle's over, her Side won, she's allowed to be happy about that.
I'll summarize your argument as "I am being unfairly harsh on Wanda." This is fair, and I don't mean to say that she is always doing the worst thing possible... far from it. Just that she has had her mostly good thoughts and intentions, time and again, turned into horrible outcomes through outrageous fate, and yet she still has excessive confidence in her own thinking. I find her thinking to be sound, but overly linear. She fails to explore any outcome except the most probable. Compare this to Ansom, who makes plans for when his backup plans fail, or Hamster who uses his outsider's viewpoint to constantly brainstorm all of the bizarre things that this world can use to surprise him, and he it... or even Delphie, who can see the *actual* outcome, factoring in outrageous fortune and other side's shenannigans, of certain decisions. Does Wanda give her intelligent council to these people who have ostensibly been placed in charge of her, and accurately express the likelihood of her ideas being incorrect? Time and again, no. She goes around these people, or she advises only around how she is certain things will come out.
As for blame in specific instances...
drachefly wrote:That said, it's not like that error actually had any negative effects. Parson would have done the same had he known Jillian's compulsion was breakable. The dwagons would have been in the same hex, and so on.
I have my doubts that Parson would have given Jillian back to the RCC at all if he had known that the compulsion could be broken. Whether Jillian's presence in the battle over the lake made much of a difference is debatable. I believe it did, especially when you consider that Ansom hired the Archons to escort her. I think there is a much better case to be made that Jillian's presence made a difference in the battle of Faq pass however... especially when you consider that that battle only happened at all because Jillian knew where Stanley was going. Thank goodness Jack saved the day there. This argument tapers off as you go too far into the future though, since it is a chaotic system, and things could have ended much worse. For instance, if Wanda hadn't miss-advised Hamster and caused him to lose the lake battle, and hence caused Stanley to bug out, well, then mebbe Stanley would have been in GK, and zombcano couldn't have happened. Either way, she fed Hamster bad intel with excessive confidence.
Hahah, sure! That enemy army knew where they were because Wanda let Jillian escape. Wanda had too much confidence in the box and in her sway over Jillian (why she let her out of the box in the first place, where the got the ceramic).
Again, I blame her for her portrayal of the uncertainties in the spell holding that led to Parson given Jillian back to RCC. She even tried to shout down Sizemore when he (belatedly) tried to warn Parson.
You'll recall that Ossomer advised her to fly in under veil and croak Jillian, effectively ending Faq before they could get the spell off (and possibly ending Charlescomm to boot if it was truly Charlie linked to Vanna!) But no... Wanda knows Jillian. Ain't no problem.
Whispri wrote:Do you not think that the plot is driven by the Arkentools? The Royals' hatred of the wrong sort of dynastic Ruler? The insane whims of certain RCC leaders? Magick Kingom conspiracies? The plots of Charlie?
Sure, true. My rhetoric got away from me. Wanda's bad decisions are one of the main drivers of the plot.
The problem is that you're blaming Wanda for things that went as well as they realistically could have and for other people's mistakes. Even if she actively argued again the decision taken as she did at Kiloton. You're declaring that she isn't as good a general as people like Ansom Jetstone, once regarded to be one of the finest strategic planners on Erfworld or Parson Gotti, the Perfect Warlord and castigating her for that. You're expecting her to have paid heed to the utterings of the known liar and serial incompetent Delphie Temple(which really is akin to lamenting the flocks of sheep she could have saved if only she'd listened to the little boy who kept crying about the wolves).
Point is, it was to Gobwin Knob's benefit to lose the lake battle, as victory would have meant the RCC's army withdrawing mostly intact rather than marching onwards to annihilation. It should should also be remembered, that both the spell and the intial plan to ambush the air group failed because Ansom was able to hire Charlie's Archons, as Stanley refused to do so. That was Stanley's mistake. As was the decision to recall the Dwagons and flee the City.
It was Olive who brought Gillian to be imprisoned in the City of Efbaum, it is therefore her fault the Faqian maraurders tracked Gillian to that place. So who else's mistakes are you planning to blame Wanda for? Don's? Slately's? For Olive was just as much Wanda's enemy as those two men.
Parson chose to gamble everything on that spell, knowing himself to be ignorant of the nature of the spell in question. He didn't bother to consult a Caster on that matter until after he'd moved, his Turn was over and his critical mistake was made. And again, Wanda was right be confident, it took outside intervention to break the spell, by allies Jetstone didn't have when she turned her prisoner loose. And if they'd been hired for spell security, they'd have cracked the spell long before the Dwagons were discovered.
Murdering the love of her life wouldn't have changed a thing, as Gillian's pet Witch is, in fact, a Barbarian, hired by Charlie. There's no reason whatsoever to think she'd die if Gillian snuffed it. In fact, killing Gillian would have been counter-productive, as she caused Haggard and Jetstone to waste their strength against the column.
She had to win over a dozen battles in a row just to reach
Spacerock. Actually one last thing, Wanda isn't actually in the best of health
. Those old pains... So ypu're not just comparing Wanda with the finest minds on Erf, you're comparing the finest minds at their best against Wanda when she's in dire need of a Healomancer.